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Kelly Rowland went through some tough times after Destiny's Child broke up, and those emotions are still raw. The singer broke down into tears on Sunday during a performance of her ballad "Dirty Laundry," which describes -- among other things -- her jealousy of Beyonce's success.
Watch the dramatic video below.
"Doing this song for me was so therapeutic," Rowland told her Washington, D.C. audience before launching into "Dirty Laundry." The song (listen here) opens with a verse about Beyonce: "While my sister was on stage, killing it like a motherf**ker/ I was enraged, feeling it like a motherf**ker... Bittersweet, she was up, I was down/No lie, I feel good for her, but what do I do now?"
The song then goes to an even darker place, with Kelly explaining that she was in an abusive relationship while her bandmate's career was taking off. ("Post-Survivor, she on fire, who wanna hear my bulls**t?" Kelly sings.) In the song, she recalls something painful that her boyfriend said: "Don’t nobody love you but me/ Not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey." Not surprisingly, that's the point in the performance when she started crying onstage.
What's interesting about Kelly's public breakdown is that it's something Beyonce would never do. Can you imagine the perfectionist diva letting out that kind of spontaneous emotion?
The performance definitely rallied the audience around Kelly. And yet, we wonder how Beyonce is reacting. She didn't release any kind of statement, supportive or otherwise, after "Dirty Laundry" made its radio debut. The former bandmates seem to have remained close, but still -- that's a lot of "Dirty Laundry" to air publicly.
Plenty of singers have used music to get even with their exes, which is, in a sense, what Kelly is doing here. Even before Taylor Swift made a career out of singing her breakups, Alanis Morissette trashed Dave Coulier in "You Oughtta Know"; Gwen Stefani penned No Doubt's first hit, "Don't Speak," about ex-boyfriend bandmate Tony Kanal; and Pink had her first No. 1 single with "So What," aimed at then-estranged husband Carey Hart.
In all of these cases, successful singers became mega-stars by dishing about their famous relationships. Maybe "Dirty Laundry" is a deliberate attempt for Kelly Rowland to get a piece of Beyonce's fame. Or maybe it really is just therapeutic. Either way, it's her own laundry, and she has a right to air it.